Online retail giant Amazon has said it will create 7,000 more jobs in the UK this year to meet growing demand.
Amazon said it had already added 3,000 jobs so far in 2020, so it would have created a total of 10,000 new jobs by the end of the year.
This will bring its total permanent UK workforce to over 40,000.
Amazon says the new jobs will be permanent and pay a minimum of £ 9.50 an hour. It is also recruiting 20,000 seasonal positions for the holiday season.
In the past, the company has been criticized by unions for the way it treats staff and health and safety.
The coronavirus crisis and lockdowns, which have seen many High Street stores temporarily closed, have caused massive growth in online shopping, benefiting online giants such as Amazon.
The latest retail sales figures showed online sales in the UK in July were more than 50% higher than levels before the pandemic in February.
Amazon hired thousands of temporary workers during the pandemic, and it says many of them will now be able to access these new permanent positions.
The company recruits on more than 50 sites. He said the creation of new roles, which will include engineers, graduates, human resources, IT, health and safety, and finance specialists, as well as the teams that will select, pack and ship customer orders, met growing customer demand. .
“At the center of the job creation program are three new state-of-the-art order fulfillment centers in Darlington, Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, each equipped with advanced technology from Amazon Robotics and creating each over 1,000 new permanent roles, ”the cabinet said in a statement.
“Construction of these new distribution centers started last year. Darlington began operations in May and the Durham and Sutton-in-Ashfield sites will launch later this fall. ”
Business Secretary Alok Sharma said the pandemic had been “a difficult time for many businesses” but the new jobs on Amazon were “extremely encouraging”.
Many businesses – especially High Street retailers – have cut jobs in recent months, due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and as the government’s job retention program begins to shrink.
The number of employees on UK payrolls fell by 730,000 between March and July, according to the most recent figures.
However, while many sectors have been hit hard, some companies are recruiting.
Courier company DPD and the owner of B&Q Kingfisher said in June they would hire thousands more workers.